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KEVIN DEARDEN GIVES HIS THOUGHTS ON HARRY ISTED

Hatters goalkeeper coach on the 21-year-old stopper's progress

20 June 2018

Hatters goalkeeper coach Kevin Dearden was at Kenilworth Road earlier today to see one of his young keepers, Harry Isted, sign a new improved contract ahead of his second season with the club.

Who better then, to give us his opinion on the 21-year-old’s development, than the man who oversees his training every day?

Deardo told lutontown.co.uk: “Harry’s been doing very well and deserves his new contract. He’s been great to work with from the moment he came in on trial last summer.

“We needed someone to complete the group and Harry did well in pre-season. We saw something in him that we felt we could work with, and I think he’s made real good progress over the season. He trains every day with the first team group and doesn’t look out of place at all.

“He’s not had chance to play too many games, apart from development matches, but he went out on loan to Chesham United last season and did really well there. Unfortunately he got injured so didn’t end up staying until the end of the season as planned, but he’d had a good spell and helped them up the table with some excellent results.

“I had a chat with him at the end of last season and he’s got a tough job on his hands, because he’s got to try and displace one of either Marek or James, but I told him that’s got to be his aim.

“He’s had a year where he’s settled in and his real aim is to come back for pre-season and try to put himself firmly in the manager’s thoughts.

“If we don’t think that he’s going to usurp Sheasy or Marek straightaway, then we need to help him and get him playing on loan again, as high as possible.

“There is no doubt in my mind that he could go and play National League football no problem, but we’ll see how we go in pre-season when a lot of things can happen.”

 


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